Gainesville - Richard M. Slaughter went to be with our Lord and Savior on February 12, 2013. Richard was born on February 4, 1939 to Gladys R. Dyer and John W. Slaughter in Friendship, Ohio.

Richard was a retired 1st Sergeant, U.S. Army. He served two tours of duty to South Vietnam. He also served as a Drill Sergeant for 8 years. While serving his country he was highly decorated and some of his many awards include: Bronze Star with Oak leaf cluster, Good Conduct, Vietnam Campaign, Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with Palm, Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with Bronze Star, NCO Professional Development with 3, Ranger Job, Combat Infantryman Badge, Drill Sergeant Identification Badge.

Richard was a life member of the VFW of Gainesville, Florida and was a member of the American Legion Newberry Post. He was a Mason and a Shriner. He was a Life member and Post Master of the High Springs Masonic Lodge #137 and Post President of the Gainesville Shrine Club.

Richard was known a "Sarge" to his many friends and ran a small cattle ranch near High Springs, Florida.

Richard is survived by his loving and devoted wife of 50 years, Rita. His two sons, Dr. Martin Slaughter of Starke, Florida and Steven (Dana) Slaughter of Seattle, Washington; 2 grandchildren: Jillian (Jared) Smith & Richard (Amgela) Slaughter; 5 great grandchildren, Abegail & Annahlee Smith and Logan, Liberty, & Zoey Slaughter; two brothers, Ron Slaughter of Gibsonton, Florida and John Slaughter of Chiefland, Florida; brother-in-law Roger Thomas (Pat) Carpenter; sister-in-law Pauline Carpenter, sister-in-law Eileen E. Sapp all of Mt. Vernon, Ohio.

The viewing will be held on Sunday, February 17, 2013 from 5-7 p.m. at the Evans-Carter Funeral Home in High Springs, Florida and Services will be held on Monday, February 18, 2013 at 2 p.m. at the Forest Grove Baptist Church on NW 94th Street.

Interment will immediately follow with full Military Honors at the Forest Meadows West Cemetery on S.R. 241. In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made to the Shriner's Hospital for Children at or the Florida Masonic Home.

Arrangements are under the care of Evans-Carter Funeral Home, 220 N. Main Street, High Springs, Florida 32643, 386-454-2444.

Published in Gainesville Sun from Feb. 16 to Feb. 17, 2013